Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
Grade 12 academic English* minimum of 65%
Candidates must be out of high school at least one year before applying to this program due to the nature of the work and the age range of the clientele serviced by a child and youth care worker
Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer or teacher, not a family member
Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt
Applicants must participate in an interview which will be conducted by program staff and include a written assignment
A minimum of 250 hours paid work or volunteer experience with youth ages 8-18. Babysitting hours are not acceptable. NOTE: All 250 hours of relevant work or volunteer experience must be received by Admissions before an interview will be scheduled. Reference form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Provider
Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate
Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program
Note: Post-secondary diplomas, degrees, or psychology/sociology credits will enhance application. Hep B Immunizations are recommended.
If you do not meet the academic requirements, you can still apply. Contact Admissions about the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES).
International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).
|Tuition and Other Fees||1st Year||2nd Year|
|Tuition||$ 4,604||$ 2,726|
|Lab Fee||$ 345||$ 50|
|Student Union||$168||$ 168|
|Health Insurance Fee||$410||$ 410|
|Fitness Centre Fee||$ 80||$ 80|
|Additional Courses||$ 50||$|
|Graduation Fee||$ –||$ 90|
|1stinstallment due upon first day of class||$ 2,520||$ 2,879|
|2ndinstallment due January 7||$ 3,137||$ 645|
|Other Program Costs||1st Year||2nd Year|
Graduates from this program may find employment with:
Government or private agencies
Crisis assessment centres
Young offender facilities
Residential treatment programs
Various community-based, youth-oriented programs
Family preservation programs
Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.
The Child and Youth Care Worker program will prepare you for a meaningful career helping at-risk youth and their families overcome complex issues. Through courses in counselling, case management, child welfare, intervention, and program development, you will learn how to identify clients’ needs, and develop strategies to support them and their families.
View a detailed list of courses for this program.